Read For Your Life!
Event One | 10–10.45am
Have you ever fought a dragon? Or saved a whole forest from certain destruction? When was the last time you solved the biggest mystery ever? Chances are it was when you last read a book!
In this event, celebrated author of Pierre's Not There and Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky, reveals why reading is such a radical act—one that summons our courage, intelligence and curiosity, and equips us with the imagination to tackle the world’s challenges head-on.
Meet Kirli Saunders
Event Two | 10.45–11.30am
Kirli Saunders is many things—a proud Gunai woman, a teacher, an artist and the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. She’s also the award-winning writer of novels, poetry and plays, and her latest book Bindi , written in both Gundungurra and English verse, is a remarkable tribute to family, friends, Country and creativity.
Follow Saunders as she shares her creative process and lets you in on how to tell your own stories through art and writing.
Peter Carnavas: My Brother Ben
Event Three | 12.30–1.15pm
The relationship you have with your siblings can be fun, challenging, rewarding or infuriating—or sometimes all those things at once! Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Peter Carnavas explores these powerful family bonds in his latest book, My Brother Ben .
In this event, Carnavas opens up about writing resilient characters, exploring family dynamics, and what it takes to be a writer; plus, see him create an illustration before your eyes!
Shockingly Good Stories
Event Four | 1.15–2pm
RA Spratt knows a thing or two about storytelling—not only is she a performer, podcast host and television writer, she’s also the prolific author of the riveting Nanny Piggins books, the Friday Barnes mysteries and the Peski Kids series.
Her latest book Shockingly Good Stories gathers together tales designed to spread laughs, smiles and silliness. Be prepared for high-energy, action-packed, laugh-out-loud fun as Spratt uses her latest work to lift the lid on what makes a great story.